On April 1, 2014 the Board received a complaint from the husband of a patient alleging his wife had a long history of addiction and that Dr. Houghton continued to prescribe the medications. During the investigation the Board had the records reviewed by an independent outside expert. The reviewer found that the records did not meet the standard of care and noted concerns with specific medications prescribed. In October 2015 Dr. Houghton completed a three day psychopharmacology course at Massachusetts General Psychiatry Academy.
All Board disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the Federation of State Medical Boards Action Data Bank. These reports are regularly reviewed by every state licensing board in the country.
The Board is made up of 6 physicians, 3 public members, and a physician assistant appointed by the Governor. Disciplinary actions taken by the Board are available to the public either by telephone at (207) 287-3601, or on the Board’s website at www.maine.gov/md.